'America's Got Talent': And the Winner Is Kevin Skinner

September 17, 2009 04:27:11 GMT

In claiming the throne in season 4 the 35-year-old who started out as a chicken farmer had to beat opera singer Barbara Padilla.

'America's Got Talent': And the Winner Is Kevin Skinner
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The guy with the guitar came out as the champion of "America's Got Talent" on Wednesday, September 16 finale. Kevin Skinner, a musical act that hailed from Mayfield, K.Y. was awarded 1 million dollar grand prize and a spot at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino show when he was announced as the winner of fourth season.

In the final round, host Nick Cannon narrowed it down from Top 10 to Top 5. The Voices of Glory finished fifth, followed by Texas Tenors at fourth place and Recycled Percussion at number 3. After dispatching these acts, Nick separated Barbara Padilla and Kevin Skinner to second and first place respectively.

Skinner, who actually did not get as much exposure as Barbara, sang Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" that night. Upon being called as the person with the most votes from American audience, Skinner could not hold back tears. He said, "I've always loved to perform. I want to go out there and give 'em the best show I can."

Before Skinner was announced as the winner of the talent show, Shakira, Leona Lewis and Susan Boyle filled in as the musical performers of the night. Susan, who was a finalist on "Britain's Got Talent", sang her new single "Wild Horses".


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posted by jock on Aug 22, 2010
Barbara Padilla was perfect, whether you like rap, country or tin cans banging together. Quite simply she should have won. That said, talent will out and I suspect she will go just as far if not farther
posted by cheyenne on Aug 20, 2010
I just watched the final on UK TV and can't believe you Yanks voted Kevin Skinner your winner! He shouldn't even have been in the final, looking at all the talented acts in the semis. Too many singers in the final, period. Defo the wrong person won, even if he is a nice guy. The show's called America's Got TALENT, not mediocrity.
posted by drifter scotland on Aug 20, 2010
posted by tit on Jun 19, 2010
get a life u idiots. keven deserved to win. fools!
posted by meg on Oct 23, 2009
Some people have no manners and some are just plain mean. GO KEVIN SKINNER!!!! I am proud for you and wish you nothing but the best. Don't pay any attention to the dumb A--es. They are so ignorant they don't know any better. Love you Kevin.
posted by Davide on Oct 03, 2009
needed here
posted by sexy baby on Oct 03, 2009
posted by baby princess on Oct 03, 2009
AMERICA should of chose barbara pedilla instead! i felt it was impossible for her to lose and skinner to win! barbara and skinner? who would u choose? i will choose pedilla man! omg congrats anyway kevin! =)
posted by jEnny on Oct 03, 2009
omg i was like " kevin won? i thought barbara did! " tears came outta my eyes when seeinf barbara not win!
posted by gianna on Oct 03, 2009
posted by yummypie on Oct 03, 2009
Go Kevin! You are one lucky guy! Go barbara pedilla too! ur singing has got to be the greatest talent u have! You two rule!
posted by Cotton Candy on Oct 03, 2009
I wished that there was this first and second place thing so that Barbara could of won first and kevin won second place and they both won the show and that would of been a 50/50 vote
posted by choco lover on Oct 03, 2009
Kevin was voted for a reason right? I feel very happy for him, but wut would make me happier was having Barbara Pedilla to win and i am a big fan of her singing even tho i dont like opera as much
posted by Jackie on Sep 27, 2009
I can't believe the negative comments that I have been reading! Wake up and smell the coffee. Majority wins, and Kevin won. Plain and simple!!
posted by SmoothDuece on Sep 25, 2009
I read through the comments on peoples opions? Everyone always wants to find someone or some reason to blame what they didn't like about why??? Kevin won, for a reason! maybe to make him better or to change his life. Maybe to touch someone elses dream, to give them the courage to do the same! What gets me about this world is that everyone has to jerk the ladder right out from under everyone else. Everyone has dreams and I mean all the people that wrote these comments. If we had just one chance to get our dreams we wouldn't want everyone breakin us down. This world needs more pos and keep the neg to yourself. Look at yourself the next time u say "MAN I WISH THAT WOULD HAVE WORK OUT FOR ME" U people need prayer. yes i voted for Kevin and i thought that some of the other people had great talent. U know that if their talent was that good they will be found thats why they were on TV!!
posted by fancynthe0zarks on Sep 22, 2009
IQ test or no IQ test!!! yankees believe anyone one from south of the mason-dixon line has no IQ anyway...but this was a talent contest and Kevin won with his and his heart!!! sure he needs some polish but hope it doesn't take his shine when the powers that be get hold of the the #1 power already did a good job on the ol' boy from kentucky...Good luck Mr. Skinner
posted by kellybell on Sep 21, 2009
i have watched this show for several years and my eyes were wide open when i realized that piers was trying to sabatage the show.. since kevin should not have one, little talent, piers would always stand up and if you watched the great talent, he very seldom would do this. he apparently did influence the majority cause kevin won and he --- i would not go see him for free.. my family wont be watching that show anymore. thanks piers morgan, you suck.
posted by welroon on Sep 20, 2009
I too am in utter shock. I have been a professional musician for over 20 years and cannot believe America has voted for this guy to win it all. It is a talent contest, not a feel good story. I like Kevin as a person and feel he is a genuinely good person, but as even Piers stated, he has raw telent, very undeserving of the winner of AGT. Good luck Kevin, you are going to need it. At least now you can afford some professional lessons to develop your "raw talent".
posted by sarena828 on Sep 19, 2009
How can you people be so cruel? Get a gtip. I will be going to see Kevin Skinner in Vegas and I am sure that many more will as well, otherwise, he would not have received the most votes. And IMNOTLION, if you didn't vote for Obama then I definitely wouldn't listen to anything you have to say with any real credibility. As for the remark about an IQ test, what the hell has an IQ got to do with talent and likability. You can be the most talented human being on earth, but if you are not likable, you aren't going anywhere! Congratulations, Kevin, I am not a country music fan by any stretch of the imagination, but you touched my heart from day one and I will definitely be paying to see you in Vegas. ALL THE BEST!!
posted by jaundice on Sep 19, 2009
I wanted Padilla to win though, but Skinner got more votes so there isnt much I can say, other than congrats Kevin!
posted by jaundice on Sep 19, 2009
you know what I love, everybody is saying that Kevin Skinner wont be able to sustain a Vegas act.....well you're right, thats why hes just the HEADLINE act, Barbara Padilla and others will be opening for him, so stop hating you'll get to see Barbara and the other final 10 too!
posted by renee on Sep 19, 2009
you all are just jealous that you cant sing. Kevin Skinner deserved to win. GO KEVIN.I will see you in vegas...
posted by ezkay2u2 on Sep 19, 2009
Kevin, You deserved to win, for Pierce to give you an standing ovation just shows how good you are, hang in there and show these critics how wrong they are.
posted by the1 on Sep 19, 2009
probably many people from the southern states voted for him... i would have if i was, but i didnt vote. seems like he needs some voice coaching, which is more likely to happen now... i wonder how many votes were actually had
posted by MusicLover on Sep 19, 2009
Bittersweet, what you don't seem to comprehend is that a TALENT show winner is supposed to have talent. Kevin Skinner could not stay on tune, period. Only tone-deaf individuals would insist he's got talent. Truth hurts. Those who voted for Kevin Skinner did him and the show a huge disservice. And the more you call everyone stupid, the more you emulate that word.
posted by Jenni on Sep 18, 2009
Kevin, all the luck to you. You were chosen for a reason and the biggest I believe is to touch peoples hearts. Thats talent. You did mine, thank you.
posted by sylvia petronio on Sep 18, 2009
they lowered the bar when kevin skinner was picked as winner on america's got talent. It really is a disgrace, and an insult to the one's not chosen who were infinitely more talented, and had worked hard at their craft. It is really shameful, and I for one will not be watching this show again. When you compare skinner to terry fator, susan boyle truly talented people - it really is shocking
posted by bill\'sgottosay on Sep 18, 2009
ok I even would accept the cloggers over Kevin Skinner. I think the show had the phone lines crossed. It should have definatly be Barbara or the Texas Tenors.
posted by Debraj on Sep 18, 2009
The only way I will ever watch this show again is if they make one slight rule change - you must pass an IQ test before you can vote.
posted by Kiki on Sep 18, 2009
Judging (bad pun) from the commments here it's surprising that the off key singer won! Does he even write any of his music? I honestly don't care for country western music but when someone like Reba sings she's such an incredible talent that I am totally won over; not so with Mr. Skinner. Barbara Padilla or the handsome black gentleman, Lawrence Beman they are on the Vegas level.
posted by Chucksol on Sep 18, 2009
I can be happy for him but he still can"t sing..
posted by Chucksol on Sep 18, 2009
I am a long time country fan. I am sorry, Kevin is not a very good singer and he will only be embarrassed in Vegas. Sorry, but true...
posted by Robin on Sep 18, 2009
I can't believe that he won! No, I don't believe that Barbara belongs in Vegas. She belongs in an opera house somewhere! She is BRILLIANT! I also loved Mr. Beaman. I just don't think that Kevin is on their level. And Bittersweet?? Are you even old enough to vote? I stopped calling people "stupid" in Junior High.
posted by RT on Sep 17, 2009
I agree with Buddylove when he/she said "Everything that comes out of [Kevin's]mouth seems to be coming from the heart." It's just too bad that it doesn't pass through his vocal cords on the way!
posted by Kitter on Sep 17, 2009
WOW! Really America.....this is a Talent Show! Not a personality contest. Has anyone who voted for Skinner been to Vegas? I think we are giving this man false hope...Really IS he a Million dollar Vegas act..NOPE!
posted by ladysassyq on Sep 17, 2009
America has voted, I think they got it wrong. Kevin was ok...but how could one even compare his voice to Barbara I am truly disappointed. Her talent is in a league of her own.
posted by Bennysclue on Sep 17, 2009
America has voted; I don't agree with the results but we WILL hear from Barbara again somewhere! Those of us who love her music will continue to follow and support her beyond AGT.
posted by Buddylove on Sep 17, 2009
Kevin, I have never met anyone as sincere as you. Everything that comes out of your mouth seems to be coming from the heart. You deserve this award and I hope that your future will bring you everything that you are deserving of. God Bless you, Yours with Love, Buddylove
posted by Linda on Sep 17, 2009
America couldn't be more wrong. Barbara has more talent in her little finger than Kevin could ever hope to have. Kevin was okay on the first show but he only got worse as the season progressed. I am totally disgusted and will never watch that show again.
posted by Skipp N.C. on Sep 17, 2009
I just want Kevin to know how much i Love him as a person. You are truly a one of a kind. You are a man that I fell in love with just for being you and no one deserves this as much as you. Your wife is the luckiest women I know to be able to share all this with you. You have earned this and Im so happy for you. I have liked you from the get go. You are the best. Congratulations Kevin.
posted by pithaughn on Sep 17, 2009
Key word here, Southerner. Kevin will be the new spokesperson for Bubba's Discount Trailer Estates.
posted by Sherry on Sep 17, 2009
Did you vote? If not then shut up. Kevin won and that's that. Move on. Everyone has different taste, and apparently those that do voted. And NO I did not vote.
posted by charbs on Sep 17, 2009
Okay, let's get real. I would have paid him 1M dollars to leave the show. He will get 25k FOR 40 years. Barbara was far better than that. Piers Morgan persuaded america to vote for this dud! He should be sued.
posted by sidibom on Sep 17, 2009
I am in shock! How WRONG to vote in someone who has so little talent..I cannot believe America voted him in for his talent but felt sorry for him. He should not have been in the finals at all..Will not be watching the show again!!!!!
posted by BS on Sep 17, 2009
Kevin Skinner will never make it in Vegas. He has no talent. I don't think Barbara Padilla should have one either. She was good, but not in Vegas.
posted by Canada Speaks on Sep 17, 2009
Don't get me wrong, I love Kevin and he epitomizes the true underdog... but if this is a talent contest how on earth does he beat out such a great talent like Barbara?
posted by patti p on Sep 17, 2009
Wow!! What a shock. My family couldn't have been more disappointed with the outcome. Kevin seems like a nice guy, but that is not the point of the competition. If he would have tried out for American Idol, he wouldn't have even made it through the first round. Sorry, Kevin, but the 9 other acts were far better talented than you.
posted by BeeZee on Sep 17, 2009
This guy is the most untalented person who shouldn't have even been in the finals. I believe it was "in the script". I cannot believe he received the most votes. I LOVED Grandma Lee...however, I thought Barbara or Recycled Percussion would win..... This guy won't last a week in Vegas.
posted by waipio hi on Sep 17, 2009
you got to be kidding! I thought the show is called Americas got TALENT! Kevin will last one weekend in Vegas...
posted by MTDEL on Sep 17, 2009
Kevin; I think you are awesome. I can't wait to see you in Las Vegas. Keep up the great singing. Makes us proud that we voted for you. Good luck.
posted by disappointed from ky on Sep 17, 2009
i am from kevin's home town and i still think you shouldn't have won. this is a talent contest and he wasn't even good enough to be a finalist. i feel sorry for the other singers with real talent and because he was used by amgt i worry about his actually future as an artist. how will he be able to last in las vegas?
posted by loveu on Sep 17, 2009
Kevin, I'm so happy for you. You deserve this win. Wish you the best.
posted by What\'s This on Sep 17, 2009
How could Kevin even make it to the finals. The last 10 acts were all better then his. Barbara should have won and I have never like opera, but I might be changing my mind and would pay to see her sing. Tell me, how many sold out shows will Kevin be able to get.
posted by imnotlion on Sep 17, 2009
Kevin? OMG America totally got it WRONG..this guy would have difficulty at the county FAIR! Not the pick for Vegas...AMERICA STOP VOTING FOR PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU FEEL SORRY FOR THEM! Thats how we ended up with Obama in the White House!
posted by Nancy on Sep 17, 2009
WHAT A DISAPOINTMENT! I was a huge fan of "America's got talent"...but not anymore. And the voters...they don't have it- or they just plain don't know what talent is. Come on voters...wake up!This is a TALENT show. The votes should be based on the contestant's talent not based on their life or how sweet they are! Kevin was the least talented out of all finalists...shouldn't have even been a finalist! WHAT A SHAME!
posted by deadmnshnd on Sep 17, 2009
Barbara Padilla is a true gem in the world. Congardulations to Kevin, but really how many more country singers do we need? This country needs to open it's eye's and recognize pure god given talent when it see's it. Kevin is a one trick pony and I hope that he is smart with the million that he got, because I don't see a big future for anouther cry in my beer singer. Barbara will always be the true winner in that farce of a talant show. And I am sure that we have not seen the last of her.
posted by zotz77 on Sep 17, 2009
I really thought Recycled Percussion or The Texas Tenors would win but I thought Kevin Skinner was great too and am very happy for him. He is a real likable guy and so sincere and I love to hear him sing. Congratulations Kevin!
posted by bittersweet on Sep 17, 2009
cant you guys just be happy for kevin, america did VOTE or are you to stupid to understand

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